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Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

San Pedro police have arrested and charged two of their own following reports by a tourist who says he was robbed by the cops.

According to 28-year-old tourist Timothy Braun, on Thursday June 15 he was smoking a cigarette near to a restaurant and bar on the island of San Pedro when he was approached by three police officers in a golf cart. The officers accused him of smoking marijuana and as a result handcuffed him and placed him on the cart but instead of taking him to the police station to be processed he was instead taken to the northern side of the island. When they arrived near the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge, the policemen took Braun to an area near the water’s edge with one of the men placing a gun to Braun’s head. The cops demanded money to which Braun replied he had non on him but instead told the cops that he had money at the AirBnB apartment he was renting.

With that the officers took Braun to where he was staying and proceeded to ransack the room and finally made off with $500 U.S. dollars in cash. Braun further told police that the policemen turned robbers told him that if anyone asked he was to say he was escorted to his room because he was drunk and warned him not to go back out that night.

Braun complied with the instructions but on the following day decided to ventilate his experience by emailing the San Pedro Sun’s Tamara Sniffin. With the help of Sniffin Braun was assisted to the point where he was placed in another room and assisted by the San Pedro town council. He was also provided with some cash for the rest of his stay on the island. More importantly the police were notified and an investigations was mounted. That led to the identification of two police constables and a special constable as the ones responsible for the robbery.

On Tuesday June 20th,  PC Denfield Ramos, PC Malcom Ramirez and Special Constable Orlando Mendez were detained. After questioning PC Ramirez agreed to provide evidence against his two companions and on Wednesday PC Ramos was charged with theft, extortion and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Special Constable Mendez was charged with theft and extortion. No charges were brought against Ramirez. In court Mendez pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of $5,000. Ramos also pleaded not guilty but was denied bail because of the nature of the offense where a firearm was involved. The men are to return to court on August 17th.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:34